Holy Roman Emperor Continues to Deliver
Holy Roman Emperor is well-used to international success and Glorious Empire (7g Holy Roman Emperor-Humble And Proud, by Pivotal) was his latest globe-trotting scorer at Saratoga at the weekend.
Jimmy Lawrence’s charge shared the spoils in the $250,0000 G2 Bowling Green Stakes when joined at the wire by Channel Maker.
“It just worked out,” said Lawrence. “We wanted to get him out there by himself and let him settle, and hopefully, get away with easy fractions. At the top of the lane I didn’t think they would catch him.”
Bred in Ireland by Patrick Grogan, Glorious Empire has amassed around $317,000 in prize money during a career that has also seen victories in Britain and Hong Kong.
Claiming his second Hong Kong Champion Sire title in 2017, having won it previously in 2014 before finishing second in 2015 and 2016, Holy Roman Emperor is the sire of 11 individual Group One winners in seven different countries.
On The Everest Day at Royal Randwick in 2017 Arise Augustus (Holy Roman Emperor) fractured his nearside front fetlock. He ran a brilliant 3rd at huge odds in the Sydney Harbour Exclusive Sprint then pulled up lame. Trainer Terry Evans rushed him to a veterinary clinic where he was operated on, sidelining him for nine months while the injury healed.
Now recovered, the eight-year-old gelding dubbed “the iron horse” has The Everest Day in his sights once again. Evans is keen to get him into The Kosciuszko – the $1.3million sprint race exclusively for NSW country-trained horses – and he’s going all out to make it happen.
“I’ve had a poster made promoting his stats and that’s up on social media,” the Tuncurry-based trainer said. “The guys at the Bellevue Hotel have put the posters up on the walls in the TAB there. Hopefully a local wins a slot and when it’s time to pick a horse they remember the poster they saw at the pub!
GET READY FOR THE HONOR(IUS) ROLL … At first flush, you might consider that HONORIUS (Holy Roman Emperor) is just the type of stallion to produce a good stayer … and you’d probably be right.
After all, he ran third in the Group One Spring Champion (2000m) behind Dundeel, third in the Group One Queensland Derby (2400m) and second – again behind Dundeel – in the Group Three Gloaming Stakes (1800m). All up, he ran seven – yes, seven – stakes placings as a 3YO.
He then came out and won the Group Three Craven Plate (2000m) at four, along with a second in the Group Three Kingston Town (2000m) before running fourth – in successive years – in the Group Three David Jones (2000m).
Trained by Darren Weir, Honorius raced on until he was a 7YO. But the thing is, he also won twice in town at two! How’s that for staying power? Meanwhile, Honorius is by the Danehill stallion, Holy Roman Emperor, a Champion 2YO Colt, but a stallion who can count among his 75 stakes winners the likes of Hong Kong Horse of the Year and Champion Middle Distance Horse, Designs on Rome and New Zealand Horse of the Year and Champion Stayer, Mongolian Khan. What’s more, he’s also sired 2017 Group One winning sprinter, Sheidel and another Group One winning flyer in Rich Tapestry.
As for the other side of the pedigree, Honorius is a half brother to South African Horse of the Year and Champion Middle Distance Horse, Igugu and Ngaga, a stakes winner over 2000m in 2018. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Honorius’s first foals this spring and have our fingers crossed they look just like dad. But you know what … you probably will end up with a stayer. Then again, who was the last owner of a Caulfield Cup winner who complained about being patient? Honorius stands this season at a fee of $5,500 inc. GST.